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EMS WORLD EXPO October 16th – 20th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 AEMTA Parade of Lights and EMS Hall of Fame

EMS Legislation – AEMTA Support Needed

 

 

 

 

Good afternoon!

On behalf of our President John Gray, I am pleased to announce that meetings with key legislative staff and the Governor last week has given the ArAA a green light to push for the passage of SB649 also known as the EMS Supplemental Payment Program. This bill will set into motion a process whereby the ArAA will work directly with DHS and CMS to structure a supplemental payment program earmarked directly for enhanced EMS payments for Medicaid recipients. As you know, ambulance Medicaid payments have been locked and stagnant for 24 years since we (EMS industry) last advocated for and setup our self-funded mechanism.

Once again, the EMS industry is taking the lead and has a plan to garner federal funds that will be used to return these supplemental payments to the providers covered under this legislation. While volunteer and municipal providers are not included in the bill at this time, there is a mechanism in place where they can join in the future. We respect that moving this program quickly has not allowed municipal providers adequate time to seek council and governing board approvals. But, it is imperative that we establish this process now ahead of future discussions by the feds and CMS on the future of EMS funding. Simply, the hour has arrived and we must move to establish this program now!

Senator Larry Teague has graciously agreed to carry our legislation. He carried similar legislation for the Hospital Association in the past and has the respect of all parties involved in structuring our plan. The bill will be first heard in the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Labor committee next week. Final edits to the bill are being drafted and we will let you know when it is fully engrossed.

The ArAA will be issuing a Call to Action wherein we will ask all EMS agencies and EMS professionals to contact their local representatives in support of this bill. Support is best achieved when the representatives hear from local agencies and local voters. Attached is a flyer and banner ad picture with the talking points and key features of this legislation. Please help by distributing these materials as your association see fit.

Finally, the ArAA may need your assistance with a call-in contact campaign. The “pink slip party” has been effective for us in the past. Should we issue a call to action that requires calls to the House and Senate switchboards on the day of a critical vote, we will once again reach out to you and the AEMTA for help. It’s important to know that there is power in numbers. We appreciate the working relationship we share with the AEMTA and thank you for your ongoing support.

Should you have any questions, please contact me. We feel good about this bill and look forward to passage and the support it will bring to Arkansas’ EMS providers.

Ken Kelley

Ken Kelley, Government Affairs Chair

Arkansas Ambulance Association

PO Box 11330

El Dorado, AR 71730

Phone 870-875-2273

Fax 870-881-8989

kkelley@ipa.net

www.aaaintouch.com

Stars of Life 2017

EMS Instructor CEU Workshop

The workshop will be held Friday January 27th and Saturday January 28th in Magnolia, Arkansas. Participants can earn up to 12 Hours of Instructor Level CEUs. The new rules and regs now require 12 Instructor Level CEU to renew. 

On Friday we will have an evening workshop called “Conquering Our Giants.” We will address some of the giants that we face as training officers and instructors. Greg Brown will be coming down to address the NCCP renewal process. He will explain “what” it is and how to implement it. He will also answer any questions that you have. In order for him to be able to provide the best answer possible, we have included a “Question Form” that we are asking you to submit with your registration. We will forward your questions and concerns to Greg so that he will be able to research them and provide you with an answer Friday night. We will also address other hot topics such as scenario based practical exams, clinical site concerns and test item writing. 4 Instructor CEU
Pre-Registration is not required for the Friday night session; however, for planning purposes it is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

On Saturday, the “one and only KC Jones” will be doing an all day workshop called “Energizing The Classroom.” 8 Instructor CEU
 Due to the nature of the Saturday workshop we are requiring participants to pre-register. Once you have registered you will receive an email with pre-class instructions for that session.
Even if you don’t “need” the CEU to renew, this is still an incredible opportunity to network with colleagues, address concerns you are facing and learn new strategies for your classroom! Company Training Officers can also benefit, especially from the NCCP session.
A special room rate is available for only $91 plus tax at the Hampton Inn in Magnolia. Make reservations early to guarantee a room.
If you have any questions you can email me or call/text (870)904-1573.

2016 Parade of Lights and EMS Hall of Fame

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POL Agenda

CAAHEP EVALUATING STUDENT COMPETENCY COMING TO ARKANSAS!

NAEMSE_2015

We are pleased to announce that NAEMSE & CoAEMSP are partnering with the Arkansas EMT Association & Arkansas EMS Instructor Society to present the 2 day workshop in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Student Competency Workshop will be held on October 16 -17th at the Clarion Hotel Medical Center. This course has been designed and developed by NAEMSE & CoAEMSP for the purpose of assisting all levels of EMS Educators in the foundations of appropriately evaluating students in all domains, as well as complying with CAAHEP Accreditation Standards as it relates to student evaluation.

To register for the Evaluating Student Competency workshop, please click on http://naemse.org/events/event_details.asp?id=676714 for information and to reserve your seat at the workshop.

If you have any questions please call Laurie Davin at 412-343-4775 ext 24.

IMPORTANT REMINDER – YOU MUST HAVE THE ‘FOUNDATIONS OF EDUCATION’ TEXTBOOK IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THE COURSE WORK.
If you need to purchase a copy of the textbook please click on the NAEMSE Online Store. We look forward to seeing you in Arkansas!
Sincerely,

Joann Freel, BS,CMP
NAEMSE Executive Director

AEMTA Fall Fest 2015

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EMS World EXPO 2015

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Chicot Memorial EMS Open House and Reception

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